Argumentation in Studying Problem-solving Skills in Social Work Education in Finnish Polytechnics


This study aims at developing and investigating argumentative and collaborative study methods for social work education in polytechnics in order to scaffold social work students’ argumentative problem-solving skills. These skills are needed in social work when various complicated social problems should be solved through argumentative discussions. The study focuses, first, on pedagogical online and face-to-face macro-scripts in order to support argumentation in studying social issues, and second, on effects of argumentative online and face-to-face role play methods on learning argumentative problem-solving skills.

75 essays, 216 online discussion turns, 260 minutes of video and audio recordings; 2-3 months.

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